i’m still obsessed with it – and can’t wait to go back!
i left the story chatting all about my love for york and the delicious food. now let’s continue on our weekend adventures shall we?
one of the main places we wanted to visit was acadia national park.
we wanted to see the mountains, hike around, and just spend the day being together and having a little adventure. well, our adventure turned out to be a little different than we anticipated.
the drive was supposed to be around 4 hours – and it ended up taking us almost 6. whoops.
we blame it on driving all of the back country roads (which mind you, were gorgeous) and seeing all of the things. there were so many times i wanted to say “pull over” but i KNEW we wanted to get to the mountain – so let’s be honest, i kept my mouth shut for once 😉
around lunch-time we were driving through this cute town, Rockland, and my eyes popped out of my head when i saw the window design for main street markets. we parked and i was trying to play all coy like “well, where do you want to eat”…and staring in the direction of the market – eddie just laughed at me and started walking in that direction. when we walked inside my heart started jumping for joy. not only was it a place to grab some lunch – but it was a legit little market! fresh produce, jams, butters, meats, and other grocery items, i wanted to pack the store in my pocket and take it home with me. our food intake up until this point had been rather unhealthy – i mean when on vacation, have a little fun right? so we got some smoothie bowls and some delicious peanut butter toast with bananas and honey drizzled on top. p.s. eddie’s drink was uh-mazing.
after eating and more driving we finally made it to acadia.
and boy was it as beautiful as i was expecting.
what we weren’t expecting? no hiking.
at least the parts of the mountain we were planning to go to – it was all driving with pull-offs and at the very top a parking lot and small amounts of walking from one side to the other. we were definitely disappointed at not realizing this fact – and made a promise for the next time to actually do some hiking (it’s one of our things, and we both really, really love it.)
to sound like a total girl, i really really wanted pictures of me, on a mountain top, in a nice dress.
i love the mountains, through and through, and i rarely get to actually visit them and hike them and love on them 😉 so i had eddie snap a few pictures. we got some seriously strange looks (i forgot other shoes so was walking around in this dress with hiking shoes (ha!) – and the dress plunged a lot deeper in the front than i intended…sooooo that was fun – but i love it. i found it on etsy and it is handcrafted beautifully by a woman in Thailand. there was another thing i wasn’t really expecting on this hike – full-sunlight. womp womp. if you know anything about my photography style it’s that i love magic hour, sunset, moody images. so these are out of my norm – *until you get to the end* and eddie did an excellent job with letting me run back and forth to check the light and settings. some of them are a little blown out for my taste – but hey, i’m always learning!
after being on the mountain we drove into bar harbour and grabbed some dinner at poor boys gourmet. it was really tasty and all of the homes there had american flags displayed proudly with bunting and what-not. i was in love. we wanted to do more exploring but that 4 hour drive back home was looming over our heads so we started driving. there was a moment where i saw this beautiful marsh area and incredibly stunning waters that i begged eddie to turn off – which it ended up being a park with bathrooms so win-win! i threw my dress back on and had him snap a few more pictures of me (these are some of my favorite, and that moody light i lurrrve, although it was overcast and not that southern sun i’m used to!).
one of our last full days was spent driving into portsmouth NH (only like a 15 minute drive) to grab some dinner at the flatbread company. i ended up building my own flatbread (minus tomato base sauce – it can make reflux a jerk) and it was soooo freaking scrumptious. they hand-toss all of their stuff and pair up with local shops and sellers to get their produce and such. we even had this INCREDIBLE pumpkin ice cream (made from a local ice cream shop right down the street) with gingerbread cookies. oh. my. gosh. i need it back in my life immediately! and even though it was raining – i fell in love with portsmouth, it reminded me a lot of walking through ireland with my brother – it just had such an old historic feel to it, and so many shops interested me; i can’t wait to visit again!
so that is our trip in a nutshell <3
we did a lot of unpacking for his place, lounging watching tv, exploring his new area, and just enjoying the company. it was beyond fantastic – and i can’t wait to see him again, and see the beautiful state of maine.